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Monday, 23 November 2015

Work Hard Play Hard

Having recently joined the world of full time employment, I know first hand how hard it can be to balance home life and work. If you follow my blog regularly, you might remember that back in October, my three posts a week fell to one. I just didn't have the time, and I hated it. I've only got into blogging regularly relatively recently, and I hated the idea of having to cut it back, or even stop altogether. And it wasn’t just my blog that was suffering. I work some unfortunate hours, and just couldn't find time to really chill out. Thankfully, by about four weeks into my new job, I struck a bit more of a balance. It's not perfect, that's for sure, but I thought I'd share some things I've found useful with you in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
Have a social life - it sounds harder than it is. I found that once I stopped making excuses and just agreed to events, it became easier to fit things in. If your friends suggest dinner one evening, try and make it fit your busy schedule. You have to eat, so why not get some social time out of it too. The evenings I've spent with some of my friends have really acted as a refuel for me - I feel so much better afterwards. You have fun and relax and catch up on all the gossip, what more could you want? No one works so many hours that you can't fit any social time in, so try and find an hour or two. You'll feel better for it, I promise.
Dinner with Anna and Jess * Photo credit Jess
Stay active online - people often say that social media can escalate feelings of loneliness, but I think it's a great way to connect with people you might not get the chance to see. Taking part in a Twitter chat, or messaging your friends can feel like socialising, but from the comfort of your own home and PJs. Keeping in the loop of what's going on plays a big part of maintaining a good balance between home and work.
Utilise your time - this is essential. I have an hour commute to and from work every day, and I soon realised that this would be ideal blogging time. In theory, I could smash out one, maybe two drafts of a post a day. Who said it was hard to blog daily? Just kidding, that's a commitment I could not make right now. In all seriousness though, I'm writing this post during my lunch break. Find a quiet spot to sit, grab your tablet or laptop, or even a pen and paper, and get writing bloggers. I also love reading on the commute. It's so relaxing, and I can get a fair bit read in that time. Even just listening to music used the awkward time in your day, and stops it feeling wasted.
Make time for me time - this might be the most important. Finding a few hours in the week when you can just totally relax can be a bit of a task, I know. But making time for a Lush bath, a face mask and a catch up on your favourite bloggers or YouTubers can be so refreshing. It's some time when you don't have to think about anything, perfect. It can feel so luxurious to spend a few hours just relaxing. I try and find some time for this on a Sunday, to unwind and prepare for the week ahead. It really does do the world of good.
So with these little tips and tricks, I think I've managed to equal out the work/home balance. Thankfully. I hope you find it even the slightest bit helpful. Do you have any other hints that I might find useful?
Until next time,

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